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SAHCO Receives Two Honour, Wins Aviation Ground Handling Company Of The Year

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SAHCO Receives Two Honour, Wins Aviation Ground Handling Company Of The Year

…As Best Passenger Support Service Company Of The Year Awards

Olushola Okunlade Writes

SAHCO has won the Aviation Ground Handling Company of the year award 2021. This award was presented to SAHCO by Air Transport Quarterly Magazine in recognition of SAHCO’s consistent quality service deliveries to her numerous clients.

Speaking during the award presentation, Editor in Chief of Air Transport Quarterly, Supo Atobatele praised SAHCO for its constituency in ensuring top-notch services to clients by investing in modern GSE and always rendering services that are international standards.

While accepting the award, Managing Director/CEO, Basil Agboarumi restated SAHCO’s commitment to always delivering quality services even in the face of challenges, he thanked the Management of Air Transport Quarterly for finding SAHCO worthy of the award.

In addition, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC, has been awarded The Best Passenger’s Support Service company of the year 2021 in recognition of the company’s excellent performance in delivering safe and efficient air transportation services.

This award was presented to SAHCO during the 11th Nigeria Aviation (NIGAV) Awards 2021. The event which was well attended by the crème-la-crème of the aviation industry is aimed at hosting the industry to celebrate the end of year aviation development success.

Speaking during the Award presentation, the Chairman of NIGAV, Fortune Idu while appreciating SAHCO’s doggedness despite the current global challenges plaguing the aviation industry, said “This is to recognize various efforts, strategies, policies, and actions by SAHCO in managing the side effects of Covid-19 disruption and recovery initiatives for getting aviation industry back on track.”

SAHCO Receives Two Honour, Wins Aviation Ground Handling Company Of The Year
Left-Right: Supo Atobatele, Editor-in-Chief of ATQ Magazine; Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC during the award presentation recently.

It is worthy of note that as part of the company’s constant innovation and investment in Ground Support Equipment (GSE), SAHCO recently made history as the first Ground Handling Company in Nigeria to bring in Cool dollies. The three Cool Dollies which can be described as Mobile Cold rooms were manufactured by Bombelli, a renowned GSE manufacturer from Italy, has the capacity of taking a pallet or two AKE container load of temperature-sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the cold rooms or freezers in the warehouse.

Furthermore, SAHCO is RA3 Certified, this is a requirement for Ground Handling Companies to be able to ship to Europe and the company is IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified.

SAHCO, a Publicly Listed Aviation Ground Handling Service provider that is present in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria and is involved in activities that include Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling, and Warehousing, Aviation Security, VIP Lounge services amongst other aviation-related services.

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SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria

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Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO's new equipment recently.

Olushola Okunlade Writes 

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has unveiled the first set of Bombelli Cool Dollies from Italy, yesterday.

Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) Plc recently at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos commissioned Cool Dollies which is the first of its kind in West Africa amongst other multi-million naira Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to further augment its services to its clients.

In the quest to continue to serve as the most effective Ground Handling Company in West Africa with the capacity to convey items at specified and required temperatures fitted with the latest technology to adapt the required temperature for any cargo, it is safe to say SAHCO PLC is a gateway for temperature-sensitive cargo.

The Ground Support equipment unveiled by SAHCO includes Cool dollies, Pallet dollies, Pushbacks, Air Conditioning Units (ACUs), water, and toilet bowers.

The three Cool Dollieswhich can be described as Mobile Cold rooms were manufactured by Bombelli a renowned G.S.E. manufacturer from Italy, has the capacity of taking a pallet or two AKE container load of temperature-sensitive shipment from the aircraft to the cold rooms or freezers in the warehouse.

Furthermore, the Cool dollies are equipped with an automatic electric-powered engine that is environmentally friendly and is fitted with data loggers to catalogue the pressure and temperature level of the compartment to protect its contents.

SAHCO Unveils First Cool Dollies, Air Equipments In Nigeria
Left-Right: Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director/ CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO); Mrs. Omolara Bello, A.G.M, Legal Services and Company Secretary, SAHCO; Engr Toyin Oriowo, A.G.M, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO; Mrs. Adetola Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications at the commissioning of SAHCO’s new equipment recently.

In addition, at the event, two 45 tonnes Push Backs were commissioned. These which were manufactured by Goldhofer, a German G.S.E manufacturer, have the capacity of pushing back all wide-body aircraft except an A380 aircraft, is user friendly, and are equipped with a tier 4 engine.

Speaking at the unveiling, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCO, said that the new equipment would be added to its arrays of facilities at the airport, explaining that SAHCO believed in the continuous enhancement of facilities and would continue to invest in modern equipment in a bid to satisfy its clients, especially the airlines who he described as a very important segment of its business.

Agboarumi lauded the Board of Directors of SAHCO for giving its approval for the purchase of the equipment but appealed to the Federal Government to also grant the Ground Handling companies customs duty waivers on the acquisition of equipment.

He said: “SAHCO is doing this because we believe in adding values to the environment, we operate in. Despite the current economic challenge in Nigeria, we are doing this at this time. These cool dollies are the first of their type in Nigeria. It can be used for the movement of perishable cargo from cold rooms to airlines and vice versa.

“We also have the Pushbacks, which are the real money-spinners, the ACUs, Water and toilet browsers, which were fabricated by our engineers here in Nigeria. These we do to help reduce the search for foreign exchange, which is always hard to come by. The world is going green and SAHCO as a company is also in compliance with carbon emission.

“This equipment was manufactured in Europe and it’s easier to deliver these to those in Europe without the additional cost of shipping and clearing, but for us, we pay more for the same equipment as we need to pay for shipping and clearing of the equipment at our seaports.”

Also speaking at the occasion, Engr. Toyin Oriowo, the Assistant General Manager, Engineering and Maintenance, SAHCO, said that all the equipment acquired were carbon emission complaints and stated that the spare parts of the equipment were readily available in the market and commended the Management and Board of SAHCO for acquiring such equipment at this time especially for the support of enabling his team to produce G.S.E from locally sourced materials.

He emphasized that the three Toilet bowsers and two Water bowsers have the capacity of servicing wide-body aircraft, as a result of looking inwards due to the high cost and unavailability of forex that made his team come together to manufacture the G.S.E.

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